Rome saw its first significant snowfall in 26 years last Friday, February 3. The eight inches of snow closed down the city for the day. Snow blanketed much of the country and temperatures dropped to below freezing causing an emergency need for home heating oil. So far, 25 deaths in Italy have been attributed to the weather. Temperatures currently remain between -2 and 9 degrees Celsius (28-48 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the country according to Italy’s National Weather Service (Servizio Meteorologico dell’Aeronautica Militare).
Written by OSIA National Office Intern, Carol Cummings. Cummings is a senior at American University, majoring in print journalism and minoring in Italian.